5 places to vagabond this summer

Warm sunshine and the open road never fail to ignite wanderlust. Long days stretch ahead, beckoning to be filled with adventure and explorations. Distant points on the map are ripe with possibility.

Before you, the entire world opens up. And it’s waiting for you to find it — to “tramp a perpetual journey” as Walt Whitman says. The imagined prospects thrill your blood. You have to hit the road and, by vagabonding, find yourself. But … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | June 10, 2015
Category: Central America, Destinations, Europe, Oceania

Vagabonding Field Report: Organic chocolate farm in Costa Rica

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Cost/day: $20/person

What’s the strangest thing that’s happened lately?

Yes, I am nine months pregnant (today is my due date). But instead of sitting at home waiting around, we decided to visit an organic chocolate farm (and swam in a tropical river on the way. Okay, I just took pictures, I didn’t swim.)

We had to … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (1)  | August 13, 2014
Category: Central America, Destinations, General

Vagabonding Field Report: Flat tires and bumpy road adventures (while pregnant) in Costa Rica

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Cost/day: $50/day

What’s the strangest thing that’s happened lately?

We left the beach life in Nicaragua and are housesitting in the mountains of Costa Rica, above San Jose.

I’m 8 1/2 months pregnant, but that doesn’t stop us from taking a trip to the beach after we’ve been here a couple of weeks. You can see the … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (2)  | July 9, 2014
Category: Central America, Family Travel, Vagabonding Field Reports

Vagabonding Field Report: Crossing two borders in one day (and running out of money)

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Cost/day: $100/day

What’s the strangest thing that’s happened lately?

We left El Salvador and crossed the Honduras AND Nicaragua border in one day with our five kids (and ran out of money at the Nicaragua border.) Oh, and I’m six months pregnant.

Describe a typical day:

This … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (2)  | May 14, 2014
Category: Central America, Family Travel, Vagabonding Field Reports

A Pedestrian Experience of the Cinta Costera III: Casco Viejo, Panama

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Panama is not the most walkable city but there are newer pieces and parts planned in pedestrian friendly style.

The Casco Viejo is a city of contrasts, a city under restoration intertwined with a city crumbling down. When I arrived there unexpectedly for a week’s stay I was surprised at the intensity of traffic crowding through the narrow streets.

Walking along the waters edge from … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | April 29, 2014
Category: Central America, Destinations

Vagabonding Field Report: The coast of El Salvador

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Cost/day: $55/day

What’s the strangest thing that’s happened lately?

Between my husband and my son, they were stung three times during the one week we were in El Salvador!

Describe a typical day:

We’re driving most days, exploring the coast and searching for a place where we could possibly rent a house. Stopping at towns … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (2)  | April 9, 2014
Category: Central America, Family Travel, Vagabonding Field Reports

Getting robbed and questioning connectedness

Hike Around Lake Atitlan

We turned the corner on the path and my heart immediately dropped. We had seen this man before. He passed us a while back, while we were taking pictures of our idyllic setting. Now here he was, standing amongst the corn, looking out over the lake, and waiting- for us. I knew something wasn’t right and I froze.

He mumbled one word: … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (5)  | March 20, 2014
Category: Central America, Ethics

Vagablogging Field Report: Extreme bungee adventure in Guatemala

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Cost: $22/adults $12.50/kids

What’s the coolest thing you’ve done lately?

Extreme Bungee!! Get strapped into a harness and shot into the air with up to 4G forces pressing against your body… basically you’re a human catapult. That’s extreme bungee.

Describe the experience:

We are picked up by Lionel who owns and runs Xtreme Bungee. He drives us … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (1)  | March 12, 2014
Category: Central America, Family Travel, Vagabonding Field Reports

Is there really such a thing as “us” and “them”?

As we travel around the world, one of our most important goals is to connect with people and find out what common threads exist that bind humanity together. It is so very easy to categorize people and to explain away the worlds ills with generalizations and dinner table chats on politics.

But who are the individuals who inhabit our earth? Who are the people we talk about dismissively during those dinner table chats, sandwiched … Read more »

Posted by | Comments (0)  | March 6, 2014
Category: Central America, Ethical Travel